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Angry MacBook users file class action lawsuit against Apple over defective keyboards

The MacBook Pro's flat keyboard is one of the most disliked keyboards of all time.
The MacBook Pro’s flat keyboard is one of the most disliked keyboards of all time.

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Apple’s silence over issues related to its allegedly flawed MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards just got a whole lot more deafening.

On Friday, a class action lawsuit was filed against Apple in the Northern District Court of California over the defective keyboards, according to AppleInsider.

According to the suit, filed by plaintiffs ZiXuan Rao and Kyle Barbados and “on behalf of all others similarly situated,” Apple refuses to acknowledge the “butterfly switch” keyboards built into its MacBooks and MacBook Pros are flawed by design.

Per the lawsuit:

Apple knew that the MacBook is defective at or before the time it began selling the affected models to the public. Complaints of keyboard failures began to come in shortly after the 2015 MacBook was launched. Despite awareness of the keyboard defect, Apple equipped future model MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops with the butterfly keyboard, and continued selling these laptops to consumers at premium prices.

Apple failed to disclose that the keyboard is defective, and this information would have been important to Plaintiffs’ decision to purchase a MacBook:

Apple failed and continues to fail to disclose to consumers that the MacBook is defective, including when consumers bring their failed laptops into the “Genius Bar” (the in-store support desk) at Apple stores to request technical support.

You can find the full lawsuit claim embedded below:

The flatter keyboards were first introduced on the 12-inch MacBook in 2015 and the reception to them has been split down the middle. Some people love they larger keys, which have less travel, and others, like myself, prefer the bouncier keys on the MacBook Air and old MacBook Pros.

Most recently, the keyboards have garnered attention for their failure rate. Specifically, keyboards are breaking down because specks of dust can get trapped underneath the keys, rendering them un-pressable. 

The Outline was one of the first publications to help bring attention to these keyboards. An AppleInsider investigation then revealed some troubling data showing 2016 MacBook Pro keyboards were failing twice as frequently as older versions.

It goes without saying that customers are furious over Apple’s silence on the matter. A petition has collected over 18,000 signatures demanding that Apple recall the MacBook Pro with busted keyboard and replace it with another type.

With a lawsuit filed, the pressure is on for Apple to respond. The company has a few options: It can either recall the laptops or extend its warranty service to offer free repairs to all users with the defective product.

All eyes will be on Apple to remedy the issues. It’s not acceptable for computers that cost $1,299 and more to have keyboards that break because of small amounts of dust. It’ll be very telling to see how Apple plans to address the keyboard in future MacBook designs. 

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Best Buy is having a great sale on MacBook Air laptops all this week (through May 5)

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Snag a MacBook Air on sale at Best Buy through May 5.
Snag a MacBook Air on sale at Best Buy through May 5.


Graduation is just around the corner for high school students everywhere. If your graduating senior is heading off to college, it might be nice to upgrade their tech before you send them on their way. Best Buy has awesome deals on MacBook Airs all week, so you can even save a little cash in the process too.

Through May 5, you can save up to $200 on various MacBook Air laptops. Each device also comes with a free 6-month subscription to Trend Micro Security to beef up your virus protection.

The cool Apple deals don’t end there. When you visit your local Best Buy, you can trade in a working MacBook for a Best Buy gift card that can be worth up to $450. You can also trade in select iPad models to get a minimum $125 Best Buy gift card.

Check out the great deals on Macbook Airs today:

Amazon is having a great sale on Lenovo ThinkPad laptops today

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 laptops are on sale today on Amazon so you don’t have to drop a ton of cash to get a new computer. 

These 12-inch touchpad computers feature detachable keyboards for tablet functionality and even come with Active Pen styluses for all of you artists out there. Every laptop available features different amounts of space, computing power, and features, so shop around to see which one best suits your needs.

Today’s top tech deals: Dell laptops, Bose headphones, Samsung 4K TVs

We've got discount codes on Dell laptops.
We’ve got discount codes on Dell laptops.

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Our top tech deals are here and you’re gonna want to check these out. 

Check some big gifts off your list with these epic sales on laptops and headphones, treat yo’ self with a Roomba or get through the sale season with a shopping soundtrack from Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99 for 3 months. 

Without further ado, here are our top tech deals. For more, check out TechBargains.


Bonus 10% Newegg Credit on $200, $100, and $50 Newegg Gift Cards at Groupon

Dell XPS 13 Ultra-thin Laptop — $949.99 at Dell (use code 50OFF699—list price $1299)

Dell Inspiron 15 Win10 Pro Laptop — $579.99 at Dell (use code ISNPSAVE320—list price $899.99)

Bose QuietComfort 25 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones — $179 at Amazon (list price $279)

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum w/ App Control — $274.99 at Amazon (list price $374.99)

Courses on Coding, Development, Business & more — $10 at Udemy (use code 17HOLIDAY10)

Dropbox Plus Annual Subscription + $25 Dell eGift Card — $59.99 at Dell (list price $79.99)

49″ Samsung QLED Series-6 Q6FA 4K UltraHD LED HDTV — $997.99 at Amazon

Laptop & Desktop Computers

Dell Latitude 15 Win10 Pro Business Laptop — $710.50 at Dell (list price $1727)

New Inspiron 15 Gaming Core Laptop — $849.99 at Dell (use code 50OFF699 —list price $1099.99)

Dell Inspiron 3650 Win7 Pro Desktop — $629 at Dell (use code INS629—list price $1212.99)

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop PC — $799.99 at Dell (use code 50off699—list price $1099.99)

Dell XPS 8910 Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-Core Desktop — $599 at eBay (list price $899)

Dell UltraSharp U3415W 34″ 3440×1440 Curved IPS Monitor — $599.99 at Dell (list price $899.99)

Dell U2718Q 27″ 3840×2160 InfinityEdge 4k Monitor — $499.99 at Dell (list price $739.99)

Alienware 25 1920×1080 240Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor — $349.99 at Dell (list price $499.99)

Dell XPS 13 Ultra-thin Laptop — $949.99 at Dell (use code 50OFF699—list price $1299)

Dell Inspiron 15 Win10 Pro Laptop — $579.99 at Dell (use code ISNPSAVE320—list price $899.99)

Electronics & Components

Neonode Airbar (Add a USB Touch to Windows 10 Laptops) — $59 at Dell (list price $69.99)

Unitek IDE/SATA To USB 3.0 Hard Drive Adapter — $19.99 at Amazon (use code HL4CQV77—list price $63.99)

Yamaha RX-V681BL 7.2-Channel MusicCast AV Receiver — $339.95 at Amazon (list price $449.95)

Vantrue HDR Wifi DVR Dash Cam — $109.99 at Amazon (use code Q8NLXF5J—list price $199.99)

Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones (Charcoal) — $79 at Amazon (list price $129)

DBPower 4K WiFi Action Camera — $59.99 at Amazon (use code 7P4OH4RX—list price $123.99)

Cowin E-7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphone w/ Mic — $39.99 at Amazon (use code 9H9778YO—list price $69.99)

Wireless IP Camera w/ 2-Way Audio — $34.99 at Amazon (use code M2AJFJZV—list price $69.99)

Sony 7.2Ch Dolby Atmos Home Theater AV Receiver — $398 at Amazon (list price $599.99)

Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds — $27.99 at Amazon (use code 7WFFLMC5—list price $69.99)

Aduro 6-Outlet Charging Station Surge Protector w/ 2 USB Ports — $12.74 at Amazon (use code 25OFFHYD—list price $16.99)

Bonus 10% Newegg Credit on $200, $100, and $50 Newegg Gift Cards at Groupon

Bose QuietComfort 25 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones — $179 at Amazon (list price $279)

HDTVs & Home Entertainment

49″ Samsung QLED Series-6 Q6FA 4K UltraHD LED HDTV — $997.99 at Amazon

65″ Samsung 4K UHD Smart HDTV + $200 GC — $999.99 at Dell (list price $1597.99)

55″ TCL 55S405 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED HDTV — $399.99 at Amazon (list price $599.99)

49″ LG 4K Ultra HD Smart HDTV + $100 Dell Gift Card — $399.99 at Dell (list price $699.99)

Home & Miscellaneous

3-Months Amazon Music Unlimited (discount appears at checkout) — $0.99 at Amazon (list price $7.99/month)

Christmas Outdoor Light Projector w/ Wireless Remote — $41.99 at Amazon (list price $59.99)

Deebot Robotic Vacuum Cleaner — $129.59 at Amazon (use code PNI4ODXT—list price $269)

Stanley 700-Amp Peak Jump Starter & Air Compressor — $39.98 at Amazon (list price $49.98)

Oittm Outdoor Wifi Smart Plug (Alexa compatible) — $22.39 at Amazon (use code 93EPH8YF – list price $31.99)

1500W Portable Induction Cooktop — $38.99 at Amazon (use code 88JHX4XC—list price $49.99)

Aptoyu 26-LED Waterproof Security Motion Solar Light (2-Pack) — $14.99 at Amazon (use code N2F7EMHZ—list price $69.99)

Deik 22.2V Cordless Vacuum Cleaner w/ Motorized Brushead — $100.99 at Amazon (list price $399)

ISelector Wi-Fi Compact Mini Smart Plug (2-Pack) — $23.99 at Amazon (use code DSPWO5O6—list price $59.99)

Chefs Choice Food Grinder Attachment (KitchenAid Mixers) — $63.74 at Amazon (list price $130)

Shiatsu Deep-Kneading Massager — $29.23 at Amazon (use code CXE4OWWQ—list price $86.99)

Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack — $84 at Amazon (list price $140)

Harry Potter Complete Book Series Special Edition Boxed Set — $56 at Amazon (list price $100)

Dell 15.6″ Gaming Backpack — $29.99 at Dell (list price $49.99)

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum w/ App Control — $274.99 at Amazon (list price $374.99)

Courses on Coding, Development, Business & more — $10 at Udemy (use code 17HOLIDAY10)

Dropbox Plus Annual Subscription + $25 Dell eGift Card — $59.99 at Dell (list price $79.99) 

For more daily deals on the top tech products, check out TechBargains.

This laptop flawlessly fits into any lifestyle

A laptop plays many crucial roles in our everyday lives. It’s a trusted travel companion, a workspace, a writing aid, a canvas. It’s a study guide, and a classroom assistant. It’s a lifeline to our social lives, to the news, to Game of Thrones

As arguably the most important piece of technology that we use on a daily basis, choosing the right laptop for your lifestyle is a weighty decision. But there’s one laptop on the market that can accommodate any and all of your creative, technical, professional, and academic needs: Here’s how the HP Pavilion x360 fits into four very different lifestyles — as it will surely fit into yours.

The jet-setting travel blogger

You’re a content-creating machine, churning out articles, photo essays, and vlogs on practically an hourly basis. As a frequent traveler, you appreciate better than most the beauty of items with two-in-one functionalities. After all, carry-on space is a precious commodity — and nothing beats a travel pillow that’s also a phone charger.

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As one of the premier two-in-one laptops available, the HP Pavilion x360 easily transitions from serious work laptop (for when you need to set up shop in a local cafe to meet a fast-approaching deadline), to tablet (for when you’ve got 14 hours on a plane to kill and are in desperate need of entertainment). With diagonal HD touch display, the device makes photo management, storage, and editing easier than ever — so you can manage your entire Instagram outtake library faster than you can say “hot dogs or legs?”

The Inking feature is particularly handy for journaling: Jot notes directly onto the screen in the early stages of your creative process, and supplement with hand-drawn designs that add creative flair. You’ve never experienced easier edits, either: Screen capture your first drafts, mark them up, and fire them off to your editor instantly.

The over-scheduled university student

The world is your oyster, even if all you can afford for dinner is ramen and store-brand soda. Between classes, volunteering, running the university’s sustainability program, and a sometimes overwhelming social scene (and also occasionally remembering to video chat with mom), you’ve got a packed schedule. Now is the time for exploring your passions and figuring out who (and what) you want to be in the “real world” — oh, and remembering to have a little fun along the way.

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Use the HP Active Pen to scrawl notes in class, create presentations that will blow your professors away, and send hand-drawn doodles to your BFFs on their birthdays. The laptop’s rich audio capabilities also mean that any small group study session can easily transition into a dorm-room dance party. 

For students on a budget, be sure to check out the student offers currently running on the HP site.

The hobbyist-turned-side-hustler

Despite the fact that you hold a degree in accounting, you’ve long dreamed about a career in the arts. These days, all your time and effort goes into your Etsy shop and the website you’re designing to promote your handmade jewelry line — and you’re one step closer to leaving your agonizing day job once and for all.

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Just as you understand the art of work-life balance, you’ll appreciate the HP Pavilion x360’s perfect blend of performance and style. From fiddling around with your new logo design to typing out 200 versions of your elevator pitch, this laptop is a trusty sidekick for your entire side-hustling to-do list. Manage expenses, track sales, and begin developing your marketing game-plan with easy integration with Microsoft Office as well as with apps like OneNote and PowerPoint.

The take-no-prisoners startup CEO

You’re all about the hustle, all day, every day. Efficiency is your favorite word in the English language, right up there with “disruption” and “innovate.” Your product is going to change the world — as soon as you’re able to get an office space outside of mom’s garage.

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The x360 has ample ports, so your work set-up can be as complex as you’d like: The laptop comes equipped with three USB ports (two 3.0 and one 2.0), a full HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and jacks for headphones and power cords. 

For your purposes, speed, storage, and serious battery life are musts in a laptop, and the HP x360 delivers on all fronts. The most robust model of the Pavilion x360 includes an Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM — so you know you’ve got the brawn to keep chugging during those 18-hour days. If only you could find a co-founder this reliable.

From work to play and everything in between, the HP Pavilion x360 is the sidekick you can count on — no matter the lifestyle you lead.

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